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Aarhus University

Aarhus University

Aarhus University


Aarhus University (AU) is a world-leading research institution with a modern, dynamic and highly international study environment. The university has a reputation for academic excellence and ranks within the top 100 universities worldwide, most recently ranking 78th in the 2023 Shanghai Rankings. Aarhus University offers more than 50 English-taught degree programmes at Bachelor’s and Master’s level and has a vibrant international community. 12% of students at AU are international, representing more than 120 different countries. The main campus is located in the city of Aarhus in Denmark (Scandinavia). Aarhus is the second largest city in Denmark and located on the eastern coast with beautiful beaches and natural scenery. Denmark is a wonderful and safe country where everyone speaks English.

Top Reasons to Choose Aarhus University

Aarhus University is a dynamic, modern, and highly international university. Since its founding in 1928, it has grown to become a leading public university with international impact and reach across the entire research spectrum. Aarhus is a great place to study and a great place to work. Here are some of the top reasons to come work or study with us.

Denmark is a great place to live

Denmark is widely cited as one of the world’s most liveable places for a variety of reasons. It has the world’s highest level of income equality, according to the OECD. Furthermore, Denmark is widely cited as one of the world’s most liveable places. Based on the Corruption Transparency Index, Denmark is the least corrupt country in the world. Levels of public trust are high and crime is low.

We’re always here for you

AU offers all the practical support and guidance you need to feel at home here. For students, the International Centre offers a full induction and introduction programme as well as professional, friendly support and guidance throughout your time at AU.

For researchers and PhD students, Aarhus University offers a full range of services to make your transition to the university as smooth as possible. IAS (International Academic Staff) assists researchers and PhD students from abroad with all practical matters, including visas, residence and work permits, housing services, child care, etc.

Top Reasons to Study in Aarhus

Our teachers are world-class lecturers

At AU, classes are taught by active researchers in an informal, stimulating atmosphere. All degree programmes are deeply rooted in the latest research and are subject to a rigorous quality assurance programme to ensure they meet the highest global quality standards.

We offer competitive tuition fees

Tuition is free for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens. For other students, tuition fees range from €8,000 to €15,300 annually.

English is our second language

AU offers more than 50 full-degree programmes in English at Bachelor’s and Master’s level. All PhD programmes are in English. And Danes were recently ranked as among the best non-native English speakers in the world on the annual English Proficiency Index (EPI), so it’s easy for international students to feel at home in Denmark from day 1.

Our student body is diverse and highly international

Around 12 per cent of AU’s 36,500 students are internationals – from over 120 countries.

Denmark offers an attractive green card scheme

The green card residence permit granted to international university students in Denmark is valid for an additional six months after completion of the degree, which gives graduates time to look for work in Denmark.

AU in the World Rankings

A number of internationally recognised world rankings evaluate the world’s universities in relation to each other. Aarhus University ranks among the top 100 and 150 universities in the world on several of these – out of over 17,000 universities worldwide - and is among the top 25 universities in the EU.

Campus Features

A nationwide university

Aarhus University is a nationwide university with campuses located in Aarhus, Herning and Emdrup, making it the second largest research-based university in Denmark.

We also conduct research activities at 18 external locations in Denmark, Greenland and Tennerife. Our lecturers are active researchers, and provide world-class teaching based their latest projects.

AU Housing helps international students, PhD students, and staff at Aarhus University finding accommodation in Aarhus. Depending on if you are an international student from an EU country or from outside Europe, you can:

  • Apply for housing through AU Housing
  • Apply through student Housing Aarhus
  • Find a room at the private marked.

Find out more about housing services at Aarhus University on the AU Housing website.

    Scholarships and Funding

    Aarhus University offers a limited number of scholarships to the most talented applicants from outside Europe.

    The scholarship is usually a full or a partial tuition fee waiver, and in some cases, it also includes a monthly grant towards living expenses. Typically the scholarship is for the whole duration of your Master’s degree program.

    You can find more information about Danish State Scholarships on the Aarhus University website.

    Why study at Aarhus University

    An international and diverse university

    Aarhus University is home to many international students and researchers – 12% of our students are international, from over 120 different countries! For that reason, English is our second language here at AU and we offer over 50 English-taught courses at either Bachelor’s or Master’s level. All our PhDs are English-taught. We also have a dedicated International Centre, to provide and introduction to living in Denmark and offer support and guidance.

    Informal environment with focus on critical thinking

    Teaching at AU takes place in an informal and inspiring environment, with a high focus on developing critical thinking skills and encouraging open debate. Professors at AU welcome discussions and value student insights to their classes. Furthermore, many courses at Aarhus University are interdisciplinary to give a students a well-rounded perspective of their chosen subject.

    A comprehensive university

    Aarhus University has five main faculties: Arts, Business and Social Sciences, Health, Natural Sciences and Technical Sciences. Each faculty is highly specialized with state of the art research facilities available for student use. Our faculties of Natural and Technical Sciences both have a special focus on sustainability and facilitating a green transition.

    Awards & Accreditations

    #69 worldwide

    Shanghai - Academic Ranking of World Universities (2021)

    #155 Worldwide

    QS World University Rankings (2021)

    #106 worldwide

    Times Higher Education Ranking (2021)

    #105 WORLDWIDE

    US News Best Global Universities Ranking (2021)

    #87 wORLDWIDE

    NTU - National Taiwan University Ranking (2021)


    The English Proficiency Index (EPI)

    Campus Life & Facilities

    At Aarhus University, you can kick off your future and career during your studies. As a student, you have access to:

    • Career Service Centres at your faculty.
    • Career programmes for international students at AU.
    • Free Danish classes.
    • Free career workshops and activies throughout the year.

    Aarhus University has a lot to offer – not only in terms of Career services. We do our very best to make sure that you have a soft landing when you arrive. And we also want to help make sure the rest of your time here turns out great.

    Aarhus University is in the Top 10 Countries to Study Abroad Top 10 Europe rankings 2023 badge Top 10 Europe rankings 2022 badge

    Program Admission Requirements

    Demonstrate your commitment and readiness to succeed in business school by taking the GMAT exam – the most widely used exam for admissions that measures your critical thinking and reasoning skills.

    Download the GMAT mini quiz to get a flavour of the questions you’ll find in the exam.


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